The Best Eyeliner…That’s Not Actually Eyeliner

Consider liquid, kohl, and gel kids’ stuff. Taking our cues from the runways of Chanel and Dior, we worked with makeup pro Vincent Oquendo to create amazing liner looks out of crystals, leather, and even jewelry. You’ll never look at your eye pencil the same way again.
Just last week, we showed you a video of makeup maestro Peter Philips discussing the magical mirrored eyeliner looks he created for Dior’s Haute Couture show. The innovation prompted an Instagram frenzy of sorts — so much hullabaloo that the house decided to package little appliqués, coming in January, that a woman could easily do herself. But, given that this is the age of Insta-everything, why wait — especially when the holidays are coming?
That’s why we called on the superbly talented Oquendo, who cut his teeth on Pat McGrath’s team, spackling eyes with Swarovski crystals and creating awe-inspiring masks that push the boundaries between what’s makeup and what’s, well, an accessory. Oquendo — now the right-hand man for everyone from Liv Tyler to Stella McCartney — convinced us that eyeliner doesn’t have to be just eyeliner. Here, he reinvents every girl’s cosmetic-bag staple in five clever ways. “This is not the kind of makeup you can do in the back of a cab,” he warns. “This is the kind of beauty where you sit down and spend an hour in front of the mirror.”
So, you’ve been warned: This game is not for the faint of heart. But, whether you’re a DIY pro or simply craving some eye candy, we promise you won’t be disappointed by these gorgeous photos. Click to get inspired.

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